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Department of Defense and Education

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Wrench in the Gears

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

 

You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools to supplement instruction with online courses until you grasp the role the federal government and the Department of Defense more specifically have played in bringing us to where we are today.

In 1999, just as cloud-based computing was coming onto the scene, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13111 and created the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative or ADL.

Section 5 of that order set up “The Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities” to advise the president on what should be done to make technology-based education a reality for the ENTIRE country. The intent was not only to prioritize technology for “lifelong learning,” but also shift the focus to developing human capital and in doing so bind education to the needs of industry and the economy.

Representatives of Cisco Systems and Jobs for the Future co-chaired the committee. Others around the table included the e-learning industry, student loan financiers, educational testing companies, human resource managers, labor market analysts, universities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, city government, and a futurist. George Bush incorporated Clinton’s work into Executive Order 13218, the 21st Century Work Force Initiative, the following year giving the effort a bipartisan stamp of approval. The Obama administration continued this push for online learning in the National Broadband Plan, which contained an entire chapter on digital education, as well as through a variety of 21st century school redesign efforts like ConnectEd, Future Ready Schools, and Digital Promise.

ADL began as an electronic classroom for the National Guard and later expanded to serve the entire Defense Department. In 1998 the government decided to use it for ALL federal employee training. And by leveraging its influence over federal contracting the government successfully pushed for standards that enabled wide adoption of cloud-based instructional technology.

As the Department of Defense worked on e learning for the military in the mid 1990s, the Department of Education put together the nation’s first educational technology plan, which was completed in 1996. A tremendous infusion of federal funds was released into schools to support technology purchases and expand Internet access. The FCC’s E-Rate program was established that year.

At the same time IMS Global began to advance implementation of e-learning systems. This non-profit began as a higher education trade group and now has over 150 contributing members, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Pearson, and hundreds upon hundreds of affiliated companies and institutions that use its open source specifications. The Gates Foundation is a platinum level sponsor of four major IMS Global initiatives.

Over twenty years IMS Global members shared research and resources, and built up an industry now valued at $255 billion annually. So if you still wonder why they won’t give education back to human teachers, you simply need to take a close look at the many politically connected interests that are counting on digital education becoming the new paradigm.

IMS Global and ADL teamed up to establish common standards for meta data and content packaging of so-called learning objects. In the world of 21st century education reformers anticipate school will become largely about children interacting with these online learning objects-a playlist education if you will where based on your past performance algorithms will serve up what they think you need to know next. For folks like Reed Hastings, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg, such an education where students consume pre-determined content seems the ultimate in efficiency. Gamified experiences and online simulations being developed through ADL and DARPA in partnership with many universities and non-profits, will also provides a structure for to capture students’ soft skills and shape their behavior.

The first product ADL and IMS Global came up with was called SCORM or Shared Content Object Reference Model. SCORM provided pathways for the bits and pieces of e-learning content to get to a particular learning management system, like Dreambox, accessed by a particular student. It tracked elements like course completion, pages viewed, and test scores.

By 2008, there was a desire to track a student’s interaction with devices OUTSIDE of fixed learning management systems. New devices and games often did not work within the SCORM framework. Ed-tech proponents wanted students to be able to interact with online content in new ways, so they could record interactions taking place on mobile platforms, directly through browser searches, or via Internet of Things sensors.

ADL commissioned a new specification that could track activity streams as students interacted with online media. The result was xAPI or Tin Can API, which debuted in 2011. Now all sorts of data can be monitored, tracked, and put into data lockers or learning record stores. LRS’s can store information about what videos you watched, what online quizzes you took and the results, what websites you visited, what books you purchased, what games you played, what articles you read or annotated. It can also capture data gathered via sensors, RFID chips, and biometric monitors. LRSs collect data about all sorts of so-called “informal” learning experiences. The MacArthur Foundation has been funding considerable research in digital media learning (or DML) in informal settings for youth.

With the development of xAPI, the Ed Reform 2.0 vision of “anytime, any place” learning, learning where human teachers and school buildings are no longer required, could proceed more quickly. IMS Global is now supporting Mozilla’s open badge initiative. xAPI meta data could eventually be combined with badge programs and Blockchain/Bitcoin technology to create e-portfolios (online credential systems). And if automatic credential verification and micro-payment systems come to fruition, a virtual wallet voucher system could devastate already precarious public education funding.

The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative is a major player in the development of mobile, game-based, and virtual learning environments. They also conduct extensive research and development on online “personal learning assistants” and with the aim of creating digital personal tutors for all of us. Their research is carried out at four Cooperative Laboratories or co-labs, which are located in Madison, WisconsinAlexandria, Virginia; Memphis Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. Each lab supports partnerships with private sector interests and institutions of higher education.

The Wisconsin co-lab works specifically on academic projects, many involving the Florida Virtual School with whom they have a long-standing relationship. The co-lab’s focus is on competency-based education. They’ve partnered with the Educational Psychology department at the University of Wisconsin Madison to create educational gaming platforms and maintain over 60 other partnerships to research and refine game-based online instruction. Another focus has been on developing MASLO or “Mobile Access to Supplemental Learning Objects,” which is enabled by xAPI technology. The Tennessee co lab has been doing research on an intelligent tutoring system that even recognizes human emotion in the person using a given device and tries to counteract negative emotion.

DARPA-the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is also in the business of developing gaming simulations and intelligent tutoring systems. They work closely with the office of the Navy. Their “Engage” program was set up in 2012 and through partnerships with Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, UCLA, and the University of Denver, created numerous games for K12 students based on Alternate Reality Teaching “Our Space” in virtual environments. Instruction in Social Emotional learning was built into the games. Their Full Spectrum Learning project aims to create an online platform that can monitor students and identify their strengths and weaknesses and revise the experience adaptively based on the data generated.

The arrival of ADL, changed public education in a very fundamental way. It is no coincidence that the destructive No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law in the year after it was created. Over the next fifteen years, with bipartisan support, education incrementally gave way to training, creativity to compliance, serendipity to standards, and human connection to digital isolation. As the curriculum became narrower and narrower, emphasizing standardized test scores and demonstrations of skill, education became a hollowed out exercise, something could be digitized and outsourced to corporations.

Data-driven, standards-based tactics have been intentionally employed to regiment the very human process of teaching and learning. During ADL’s first decade, the imperative was to get technology and Internet into schools. Once that infrastructure was in place, they could concentrate on restructuring the curriculum making screen-based education central and pushing the teacher into a secondary role on the sidelines.

Common Core State Standards were a big part of that process. The National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers created the standards in 2009. Not as many people know about the Common Education Data Standards that were established at the same time. CEDS enabled the collection and sharing of vast amounts of data across sectors from Pre-K through Community College.

The Learning Registry is another important piece of the puzzle. It was created in 2011 as a partnership between the US Department of Education and once again the Department of Defense. It is an open source distribution network of learning resources that holds meta data and para data. It is important to understand that learning objects can be tagged in many ways, including adding tags for a variety of standards. For that reason even if we get rid of Common Core State Standards, it wouldn’t necessarily make a dent in slowing down the rollout of adaptive, digital curriculum.

In addition to meta data, which is data that describes individual education resources, the Learning Registry also collects para data through the use of emitters that can be mounted on smart boards in classrooms.

Para data describes how online learning resources are used:

  • Who’s doing the searches?
  • What students are in the room with the person doing the searches?
  • A history of searches conducted
  • What is being viewed, downloaded and shared?
  • What is favorited or embedded?
  • To which standards is the selected content aligned?
  • What tags have been added to content?
  • How is it being incorporated into the curriculum?
  • What grade is it being used in?
  • Where is it being used?
  • What is the audience is for the item?
  • What the instructional setting is.
  • What is the experience level of the class and the teacher?

The devices in our children’s classrooms are largely there because a specific set of government policies have prioritized technology over human educators for the past fifteen years. These devices are watching us as much as we are watching them. And we should be aware that many of the programs in use are direct outgrowths of work done by the Department of Defense in partnership with private sector interests and institutions of higher education. Technology can be used for good, but not if it is given an unconditional pass in our classrooms. Shine a light on educational surveillance. Ask questions. Talk to others and organize!

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Bill Gates: The Myths of Poverty

In the public interest.  The first video is about poverty myths.  The second video is about ensuring poverty doesn’t increase.

Bill Gates discusses poverty.  I find the perspective on poverty interesting. I find emotionally there is a real poverty in the west.  Psychologically people contrast lack of materialism as poor rather than lack of kindness as a form of abundance. 

As a person who lives on $35 per week in a 1st world country, I have found the greatest poverty in those who are well funded.  I would stipulate that there are no hard and fast rules here in respect of some with money being abundant in generosity and some poor people being poor in respect of generosity, so it can be revealed in either group, particularly the West.  However, in the poorer countries I find them more abundant than the West as communities.  So wealth depends on whether you are looking at generosity of spirit or material wealth.

The challenge with wealthy people who have lots of money is that they are given more air time because they have money and money talks not wisdom.  There are consequences when people have disproportionate influence. Equality would ensure we weren’t unbalanced globally.  Human’s are so active economically that they have seriously created imbalances, then the poor are the ones who suffer the most and have least say. Yet if you speak to a poor person they do have insights.  Poverty is reflective of inequality and overconsumption reflects credit.

Is Eugenics a War on Population?

I noted the them tonight had the Rockefellers in it.  I find myself not intentionally seeking out information but somehow it comes across my path.  Perhaps this is the dynamism of the internet.

Eugenics is an issue that keeps coming up.

This is from Truth stream media.  I’ve heard this commentator before.  It is amusing in parts in a heavy topic.  The clash is the belief in over population and the public’s pushback against these narratives.

Understanding Eugenics : Globalist War on the 99%

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Bill Gates Applauds Thailand’s Demographic Suicide

With smashing timing, Bill and Melinda Gates released a missive in the Wall Street Journal about the three myths on the world’s poor coinciding with a report announcing that the top richest 85 people (a list they are solidly on) in the world have more money than the poorest 3.5 billion or 50% of the entire world’s population.

This is an insane wealth gap. These people and their bajillions are essentially running the world.

In the third myth of their response, the Gates’ commend Thailand as a great example of family planning because Thai women went from having an average of six children per woman just a few decades ago to having an average of 1.6 children today.

There’s just one problem. Replacement rate — that is the number of children needed to maintain a stable population — is 2.1 (but it’s even higher for countries with higher mortality rates). That means that Thailand is below replacement rate, a reality that is screwing up the country’s social and economic foundations.

It’s so bad in Thailand, actually, that articles have detailed the “aging crisis” the country now faces due to the low birth rate. In fact, all the Asian nations are now facing this issue, and most of the developed world is below replacement rate as well.

Leave it to Bill Gates, billionaire eugenicist extraordinaire, to applaud a country for committing demographic suicide.

For more on “conscience laundering” and the Charitable-Industrial Complex: the Charitable-Industrial Complex.

Population Control: A Centuries Old Agenda Driven by Philanthropic Dollars

For just over a century, since its formation in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation and other organizations created by the Rockefeller Dynasty have steered the direction of global attitudes towards population, birth control and eugenics.

Elite money from the East Coast of America joined with the aristocratically-inclined scientific crowd from Britain to create an organized attempt to establish Eugenics as a mindset that enabled elite control, and gave a rationale for reigning in the procreation of those declared unfit. Leading industrial magnates threw the weight of their wealth behind the fields of social work, genetics, medicine, public health agencies and politics to establish new offices, new organization and new laws to enforce Eugenics – declaring the unfit stripped of their right to breed, while glorifying the reproduction of best as progressors of the race of the world state.

The Rockefellers were leaders in this area, using their foundation to pursue Eugenics in university research and attempt to engineer a ‘new Man’ by controlling the science of life and establishing a tyranny over the reproductive cycle. Privately the Rockefellers funded Margaret Sanger, founder of the organization that became Planned Parenthood and who stirred controversy in Congressional testimony for breaking laws by promoting birth control. It also funded extreme eugenicists like Paul Popenoe in America and the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Nazi Germany, set up explicitly to study eugenics under individuals like the notorious Josef Mengele.

After WWII and the stain of the Nazis, the Rockefellers helped Eugenics shed its dark associations and re-brand under cause like “Family Planning & Worldwide Planned Parenthood” through organizations which most notably include John D. Rockefeller III’s Population Council. Rockefeller money paid for lots of propaganda and instituted involuntary sterilization programs in Puerto Rico, Brazil and California, among many other locales. National Family Planning ministries in India, China, Peru and elsewhere have enforced compulsory sterilization and/or birth limits with often dictatorial and genocidal population control methods. Family planning programs were pushed on most of the developing nations of the world, with special emphasis on the top countries with the largest population growth – which was echoed in State Department and National Security policy through Henry Kissinger’s 1974 NSSM #200 memo which identified population as a major threat to national security and recommended the use of “food as a weapon” in order to curb populations.

In later years, the Rockefeller Foundation funded the development of genetically engineered edible contraceptive plants, such as through the work of Charles Arntzen (and with eerie parallels through the Epicyte episode). The Rockefeller Foundation also quietly funded an anti-fertility in the HcG vaccine which was used covertly with the widely distributed tetanus vaccine, which served as a carrier to trigger autoimmune response to HcG and trigger spontaneous abortion and infertility. Scientific studies have demonstrated the undisclosed use of this HcG infertility vaccine in the Phillipines and Thailand.

All this way done as Rockefeller dollars also heavy funded the medical industry and pushed the use of vaccines worldwide. More recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation became the foremost player in philanthropy and formed multiple alliances with the Rockefeller Foundation, agreeing to use its funds to pursue their goals. This can been seen in the GAVI vaccine alliance, AGRA (the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) and CGIAR (the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), among others, pushing vaccines and GMO crops on the developing and developed world alike.

Since that time, Gates and Rockefeller have taken things a step further, organizing a Bilderberg-style secret meeting among billionaire philanthropists to coordinate the agenda for population control efforts and other leading issues. It was covered in the media in glowing light, portraying these billionaire control freaks as literal superheroes and ‘saviors of the planet.’

Aaron Dykes previously covered how grant money from the Gates Foundation inadvertently pays for good press.

Here’s just a few examples of slanted coverage in the London Guardian’s 2009 article on the so-called “Good Club.”

• “Few doubt the good intentions of Gates and Winfrey and their kind. They have already improved the lives of millions of poor people across the developing world. But can the richest people on earth actually save the planet?”
• “Sources say Gates was the most impressive speaker, while Turner was the most outspoken.”
• “There is little doubt that members of the Good Club have done amazing work.”
• “The Soros Foundation has done valuable work setting up democratic institutions and independent media across the former Soviet bloc.” [Editor’s Note: Soros’s actions here are less philanthropy and more, arguably, tantamount to covert regime change in tandem with U.S. policy objectives]

These types of praiseworthy propaganda lines are rampant, custom design to laud billionaires like Gates and Rockefeller, while lifting them up on a pestestal that projects their importance and appears to lend creedence to their self-appointed and assumed seat at the helm of the world ship – in their decidedly undemocratic ways.

The Guardian did manage to carry some criticism of the “Good Club.” Paul Harris wrote:

“The existence of the Good Club has struck many as a two-edged sword. On one hand, they represent a new golden age of philanthropy, harking back to the early 20th century when the likes of Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Carnegie became famous for their good works. Yet the reach and power of the Good Club are truly new. Its members control vast wealth – and with that wealth comes huge power that could reshape nations according to their will.”

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“There is also the issue of accountability. Even the most repressive of national governments is on some level beholden to its own people, or has the capacity to change and reform under popular pressure. But who votes for the Good Club?”

No one. That’s the point. These are a tiny class of people that have appointed themselves to fix the problems of the world – in their own ways.

The same wealth disparity that has made the world’s 85 richest worth more than half of the entire global population has given them big enough heads to think they can call the shots.

And who will stop them? Who will even point out the harm, rather than just assume they are saints and thank their unilateral actions?

Rothschilds to Set Up in Silicon Valley

This is in the public interest. 

Two perspectives on the same subject.  One is a blogger video who is expressing himself, he sounded angry and disillusioned.  The second article is from the Business Insider.

It is interesting to compare the way this event is described.

 

A European banking dynasty just made a big move in Silicon Valley

Walter Rothschild

Rothschild & Co., one of the oldest banks in Europe, is making a move on Silicon Valley.

This Silicon Valley founder went from being ‘really broke’ to starting a VC fund that’s invested $5 million in 100 companies

Arlan Hamilton had a career in the music industry when she realized women, people of color, and LGBT founders were underrepresented in Silicon Valley. So she started a venture capital fund that has now invested $5 million in 100 companies.
 
  

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This Silicon Valley founder went from being ‘really broke’ to starting a VC fund that’s invested $5 million in 100 companies

The firm announced it’s opening a San Francisco office in a bid to win business advising technology companies on deals. It has also hired Chris Gaertner as global head of technology, and Walid Khiari as a managing director in technology. Gaertner and Khiari previously worked at Credit Suisse.

“We have been serving clients in the San Francisco Bay Area for some time, and the opening of our office there will allow us to strengthen our team, ensuring that our clients continue to have access to the best people and advice,” Robert Leitão, head of Rothschild Global Advisory, said in a statement.

The new office in Silicon Valley follows the opening of a new Chicago office led by former Goldman Sachs managing director Eric Hirschfield. The firm hired Jimmy Neissa from UBS to be head of Rothschild & Co North America in August last year.

Rothschild offers mergers-and-acquisitions strategy, financing advice, and investment and wealth management solutions for institutions, families, individuals, and governments.

The firm has a rich history. Mayer Amschel Rothschild created a family partnership over 200 years ago, and in the early 19th century, five of his sons established banking businesses in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Naples, and Vienna.

It is now one of the preeminent M&A advisory firms, ranking fifth in M&A revenue in Europe in 2016 with $US384 million, according to Dealogic. That put it ahead of Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Barclays, and Deutsche Bank.

The firm has roughly 2,800 employees in 40 countries, according to its website.

Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/rothschild-setting-up-in-san-francisco-2017-5#FuHjZKWLfz6Dx1cT.99